How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for The Scottish Deerhound

Posted by on Apr 10, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Scottish Deerhound | Comments Off on How to Pick a Pet ID Tag for The Scottish Deerhound

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Scottish DeerhoundPicking a pet ID tag for your Scottish Deerhound is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the faith that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real price” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take five minutes or so to consider it. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s cheap or cute usually ends up being unwise, down the road.

Think about the following prior to choosing any pet identification tag for your Scottish Deerhound:
1.What is the amount of risk to your Scottish Deerhound?
Lost Scottish Deerhounds are certainly common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Scottish Deerhound!” signs setup around the city, or deceased Scottish Deerhounds lying by the side of the road. If your Scottish Deerhound is a pro at jumping the fence, or can’t help chasing a scent, or youthful and vigorous, or is not well trained, the possibility of a missing Scottish Deerhound is high.

But losing your Scottish Deerhound isn’t the only concern.

Some Scottish Deerhounds are stolen. A pet thief may snatch Rover or Spot in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the danger to your Scottish Deerhound if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Scottish Deerhound, especially if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with short notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which renders you unable to care for your companion.

In this instance, will your Scottish Deerhound’s new or temporary steward know that Fido hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is potty trained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Scottish Deerhounds are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, higher priced type of pet identification tag. Risk is proportional to value.

Note that there are many ways to assess the value of your Scottish Deerhound. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Scottish Deerhound) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

But for most Scottish Deerhound owners, the relationoship attachment they have with their Scottish Deerhound sets its value. For many, Scottish Deerhounds are family, impossible to replace and dearly loved.

3.Based on your responses to the two previous queries, what do you need in a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in various sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Most pet ID tags are meant to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Scottish Deerhound’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These traditional kinds of tags can gotten from any veterinarian or pet store. They’re cheap yet the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet ID tags for your Scottish Deerhound these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the newer entrants in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth devices for tracking, but their range is small, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Scottish Deerhounds

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